• By Randy Meier

Something turned up in the mail this week, which we’ve not seen for several years here. Several years ago, many people turned over postcards to me which they received through the U.S. mail. These postcards notified their recipients that they won a $100 gift card for use at Target or Walmart.

  • By Bill Ketter CNHI News Service

Three excited young women appear strategically for TV shots behind President Donald Trump at the podium as he addresses a fervid campaign rally in an airport hangar outside Pittsburgh Saturday.

  • By Andrea Witt Special to the Herald

Bickelhaupt Arboretum has been part of my family for more than 40 years. In 1979 my husband and I were married in spring under one of its massive oaks. It was a blue sky beautiful day that I trusted in so much, there was no back-up plan in case of rain. The birds serenaded us with their musi…

Measuring the amount of money that went in and out of a small green wastebasket in our garage would be a chore.

  • Rita Hart State Senator

This past week, the Senate Republicans offered a tax bill that would slash state revenue by nearly $1.2 billion annually by reducing individual and corporate income tax payments. It would also cause reduced revenue for the 2019 budget of more than $200 million.

  • State Rep. Mary Wolfe

Over the past few weeks I’ve received several emails asking me to support House Joint Resolution 2009, which proposes “an amendment to the constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” The folks sending these emails are under the impression tha…

  • Aaron Fullan Clinton Pregnancy Center board member

When people ask me why I’m pro-life, my immediate response is “because each human life is precious and valuable — from conception to the grave!”

Surrounded by pills and the regular reminder that death was near, my grandpa spoke proudly about his lack of need for a daily regiment of pills. By this time, he was setting up quarters at an assisted living center, with months left to live.

  • Walter Williams

A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workfo…

  • By David Helscher Clinton National Bank

Shortly after my last piece making the bullish cash for stock prices, my skills as a prognosticator were severely tested. From their peak in late January, stock markets fell 10 percent over nine trading sessions. This proves the old adage that markets can do three things: go up, go down, or …

Thanks to more than a foot of snow during an eight-day period, my snowblower and shovel have become closer personal friends to me than I ever desire them to be.

  • By Norlin Mommsen

This week was the first legislative “funnel” which means policy bills need to be voted out of at least one committee to remain eligible. An example of such a bill was one that I introduced, HF 2178, which will require insurance companies to cover pediatric hearing aids.

  • By Norlin Mommsen

Next week we will enter the sixth week of session which means it’s “funnel week.” This means that bills that are not through committee at the end of next week are considered potentially dead for the session.

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  • By Randy Meier

Hundreds of people reported to me in the last three years, of getting robo-calls telling them they face immediate arrest or legal action if they do not pay back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. This is without a doubt the most common complaint I receive, and it is a hoax. The Internal …

  • By Rita Hart

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a time to recognize how much these programs do to prepare students for high-skill, in-demand careers with good salaries.

  • George Will

In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.”

  • State Sen. Rita Hart

The passage of a long-awaited water quality bill, SF512, was big news as it rushed through the Iowa House last week. While it is a step forward on water quality issues, it certainly is not a real solution.

While covering a local visit by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad a few years ago, I became fully aware of how well Edith Pfeffer was known outside of Clinton's city limits.

  • David Helscher Clinton National Bank

A frequent and common question investors are asking is how long will this bull market last for stocks? Most are convinced that the run up in U.S. and global equities will, at some point, correct. There are even some that feel equities are in a bubble and will sharply decline, someday. These …

  • By Dalton Delan For CNHI News Service

Call it antisocial media. Consume enough and it will make you sick. Think that’s merely my opinion? Actually, it is one held by current and former execs at Facebook, in the belly of the beast.

As I’m hammering away on my keyboard, I’m actively searching for a piece of wood, because I’m one sentence away from jinxing my family.

Voters in nearly half of Iowa’s counties will go the polls on Tuesday, February 6 to cast votes on school and community college issues. These elections will be some of Iowa’s first under the provisions of the Election Modernization and Integrity Act. It is important to make your voice heard …

  • By Dalton Delan For CNHI News Service

I am in a darkened movie theater in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. It’s a long way from the Ioka in Exeter, New Hampshire, where the upholstery had seen better days and the screen was little more than a mottled suggestion. Everything here is plush: fully reclining assigned seats,…

  • By Dalton Delan For CNHI News Service

I am in a darkened movie theater in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. It’s a long way from the Ioka in Exeter, New Hampshire, where the upholstery had seen better days and the screen was little more than a mottled suggestion. Everything here is plush: fully reclining assigned seats,…

  • Taylor Armerding CNHi News Service

Never have I seen so many “progressives” have so many faux fainting spells or faux temper tantrums over a scatological term. Not even a real obscenity — just coarse language that would have seemed mild in the Clinton White House.

  • By Ben Evers

Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA Assistant Aquatic Director Ben Evers shares the many benefits of year-round swimming.

  • By Norlin Mommsen

This week we had department heads come before the committees to talk about their goals for this legislative session.

Fifty years ago from Thursday, former Clinton High School Principal Harold Weber stood in front an audience of more than 1,400 people, and made known that the situation happening at that moment wouldn’t deter from the school’s mission.

  • By Clarence Page

Donald Trump saying something racist “isn’t exactly news anymore,” as “Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che observed. Yet Trump’s former wife Ivanna Trump offers a kind word of support: He’s not a racist, she says, he just says racist things.

  • Ruth Marcus

The past week of the Trump presidency felt like that point in a video game when you’ve reached a new level and the widgets suddenly start flying at you too fast to dodge. There was an attack on free speech. On an independent judiciary. And with the president’s horrific reference to “s-------…

  • By George Will

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb t…

  • By Scott Levine Scottlevine@clintonherald.com

The excitement of budget time doesn’t necessarily invigorate the electorate quite like a competitive national election. That doesn’t mean the importance of the coming weeks should be diluted to the general consensus of boredom.

  • Ruth Marcus

The unceasing debate over Ivanka Trump is whether she is a clueless enabler or a savvy troll, jabbing her father with sly tweets. Whatever the answer to the Ivanka Trump riddle, whether she is a dupe or a nettle, it has become obvious that she serves no useful role in this administration. Sh…

  • Walter Williams

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester awaits us, let’s ask ourselves whether we’d lik…

  • By Clarence Page

An ill-advised order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ makes federal marijuana prosecutions easier in states that have legalized it. It reminds me of H.L. Mencken’s famous definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”


A common element became apparent when I researched the best athletes in the Gateway area for our “Decades” book in 2013. There, among the several Clinton Herald articles displayed in the microfilm, was George’s Sports Gourmet.

  • By Clarence Page

It’s way too early to break out the champagne but Chicago found some good news for a change in its year-end homicide count. You’ll know the news is really great when President Donald Trump tries to take credit for it.

  • By George Will

Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than the…

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